Apr 082016
 April 8, 2016  Posted by  Laws, Misc

Kudos to ‘The Boss” for the following decision and statement. New Jersey has values, too, and if Cruz or any other candidate doesn’t agree with what Springsteen says, below, screw ’em. 

As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Sunday April 10th show is canceled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.

  One Response to “A statement from Bruce Springsteen on North Carolina”

  1. Since the SC upheld the marriage equality decision last June, I so hope that our Congress (wishful thinking, I know) can move forward with sensible legislation for all of US citizens to feel included. This country made 1 step forward last June for equality. We need to go one step further and think pragmatically and with sensitivity on how to make it ‘inclusive’ for all. Perhaps, creating unisex bathrooms and getting rid of gender specific restrooms. I am just brainstorming on that one. If unisex bathrooms work in Europe, why can’t they work in America (one would hope). Perhaps, more federal funding for sensitivity training in schools to create a more inclusive and non bully environment in public schools.

    I know; these ideas do not necessarily work with a Republican Congress who does not value people’s privacy and base it all on religious beliefs. I still think you always keep trying to push for more ‘inclusiveness’ until it sticks in.

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